This year’s International Day for Disaster Reduction (IDDR) has been marked at a brief but colourful ceremony in Accra. The 2016 IDDR was celebrated with an open forum at the Alisa Hotel under the theme; “Live to Tell” with a focus on reducing disaster mortality.
Brig. Gen. Francis Vib-Sanziri, the National Coordinator of NADMO in a welcome address saidthe theme for this year’s celebration could not have been more appropriate especially considering our nation’s bitter experience in the past year.
He recalled the June 3 twin disaster which claimed over one hundred (100) lives, saying;“Never again should this calamity ever befall us”.
He used the occasion to call on participants to be guided by the Sendai Framework for Disaster Risk Reduction so as to ensure that destructions caused as a result of disasters was reduced to the barest minimum.
He was grateful to NADMO’s development partners especially the UN system for their immense support over the years, adding, such collaboration would go a long way to further cement the good relationship between them and the organisation.
Mrs Adelaide AnnorKumi, Chief Director at the Ministry of The Interior in an address delivered on behalf of the sector Minister,applauded NADMO’s efforts at ensuring that DRR is practiced in every facet of disaster management in the country.
The United Nations Country Representative, Ms Christine Evans Klock, on her part, pledged the UN’s continued support in the implementation process of coordinated disaster prevention and response plans among others.
Quoting the UN Secretary-General, she said;“We can replace material possessions, but we cannot replace people, let us move from a culture of reaction to one of prevention, and build resilience by reducing loss of life”.
As part of the programme, there was also a presentation on the Sendai Framework for Disaster Risk Reduction by Mr. AmjadAbbashar, Head of the Regional Bureau for Africa (UNISDR).
Some Participants at the programme expressed grave concerns about the poor drainage system in the country especially in Accra.
Present at the forum were Directors and senior staff of the National Disaster Management Organisation (NADMO) and representatives from other disaster reduction management agencies and stakeholders like the United Nations, the Ghana Armed Forces, Ghana National Fire Service, Ghana Health Service as well as the Media
IDDR is celebrated worldwide on the 13th of October each year to draw member countries’ attention to the need to ensure the resilience of cities as far as DRR is concerned.